French collective @SlowHours drop their adventurous debut single of many moods, “Endless”


SLOW HOURS, “Endless”

After numerous well-received remixes, which led to most of the six members of Slow Hours – Khamsin, Rusty Hook, Kidswaste, Kultur, Astre, and Lain – branching out with many terrific solo efforts, many of which I’ve written about, the band has dropped their debut original, progressive-sounding single “Endless”.  It’s a moody affair for sure, but well worthy of your kind attention for just shy of four minutes.  Now these guys know how to start a record with a great lead up to a complete change of pace before the 50 second mark, which turns into a gritty, trappy main section that returns later in the song.  It’s punctuated by a quieter, cinematic-sounding break, and finishes with almost a minute of melt-in-your mouth piano and symphonic effects that help make “Endless” quite an unexpected musical adventure.  I hope more will be forthcoming soon to show off the many diverse talents within Slow Hours.

Published in: on October 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance” is @RustyHookmusic’s subtle and captivating electronic EP premiere

RUSTY HOOK, Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance (EP)

About a month ago, I introduced you to Guillaume Costes, the artist also known as Rusty Hook, with the varied and melodic “Relief” (featuring Nashville’s Truitt) which is included in his debut EP Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance, kind of an alternate viewpoint to Green Day’s similar but parenthetically titled “Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)”. 

Through three vocal songs book-ended by an instrumental introduction (“Hailstorm” – I can picture walking through Paris in the hail to this 🙂 ) and “outro” (“Afterword”), Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance travels through an atypical sea of emotions, showcased sometimes by big beats but with lingering melodies as its constants.  I think perhaps “Higher”, with an uncredited vocalist, comes off as a bit soft and unexciting next to both “Relief” and the EP’s potentially trailblazing highlight, “Everything” (featuring a supurb vocal by Ria).  Its synth work at its heaviest blasts out like sonic lasers and recoils into a slow build up that will grab you again for another shake before a low-key 20 second ending.  If there’s one song here for clubs it is “Everything”. 

There’s lots in Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance to enjoy and as solo artist Rusty Hook has the potential to waste no time in joining the recent successes that are folks like San Holo or Petit Biscuit.  Listen to all of the songs at the link above.

Before you wrap up, Rusty Hook was the unfortunate victim of a thief who stole his Macbook with all kinds of new and previously unreleased music and all of his related work.  Since all of that is now lost, if you can help him out towards the purchase of a new laptop, please visit his Go Fund Me page.


Published in: on November 24, 2017 at 10:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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DIY musician @RustyHookmusic offers sophisticated electronica in “Relief” featuring @Truittmusic

RUSTY HOOK featuring TRUITT, “Relief”

From You Tube tutorials to teaching himself how to use Ableton to becoming a member of the group Slow Hours, and influenced initially by Madeon, France’s Rusty Hook (aka Guillaume Costes) comes to us from a new way of learning and making music, and putting it all together as something diverse and tangible to call to your attention.  “Relief” is a moody, sophisticated slice of electronic music, not what I would say is a dance track meant for clubs.  It’s fairly unpredictable where it goes though of course its constant is the melody which will stay with you after the song is over.  The singing on “Relief” is by one half of rising Nashville sibling electronic duo Truitt, namely the beautiful voice of Brigetta.  “Relief” shifts between chilled out moments and others that are bigger but contained, and the vocals carry the song as much as the electronic wizardry.  “Relief” is from Rusty Hook’s upcoming EP Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance, and you can listen at the link above.